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Historic Sites of Manitoba: R. J. Whitla and Company Building / Silpit Building (70 Arthur Street, Winnipeg)

This warehouse on Arthur Street, designed by architect James Henry Cadham, was the third built by Robert Jones Whitla for his expanding dry goods business, in 1899. Two storeys were added to the original five in 1904. With its clear and simple geometric lines, the structure is Richardsonian-Romanesque in style.

The entire complex of this building and the adjacent Robinson, Little and Company Building is sometimes known as the Silpit Building. A plaque is mounted on the northeast corner of the building, which is a municipally-designated historic site.

Whitla Building

Whitla Building (September 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Whitla Building commemorative plaque

Whitla Building commemorative plaque (2009)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89721, W97.14123
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Cadham (1850-1907)

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Jones Whitla (1846-1905)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Robinson, Little and Company Building (54 Arthur Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


R. J. Whitla and Company Building (70 Arthur Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, May 2007.

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2022

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